The Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge: Who Won't Make It?: Tony

Tony's Bad News
Tony reveals that he was recently diagnosed with cancer.

Dr. Phil's nephew, Tony, struggled with weight all of his life. He lost 74 pounds with The Ultimate Weight Solution, but just as he was getting the hang of it, his health took a turn for the worse.

"My doctor sent me for a bone scan and he did an MRI," Tony says. "It turned out to be Hodgkin's Disease, lymphoma cancer."


Tony now undergoes chemotherapy every two weeks and he says that the treatments can be difficult. "I've had to pull myself up, stay positive and fight through this so that I can beat it. Exercise has been very important in keeping my mindset," which is beating cancer cells and continuing to lose weight.


One of Tony's supporters is his trainer Joyce. "Tony's progress has been phenomenal," she says. "I am a breast cancer survivor myself, so Tony and I have a real bond."


"I'm not afraid of the cancer beating me," Tony says, still determined to reach his goal of 280 pounds. "I've got too much to live for. I've got a beautiful wife. I've got two beautiful kids. I've got a life to live. I really, truly want Phil to know that without him, this journey might have ended my life. With his help and his guidance, it has given me a second chance at life."

"Tell us how you're doing now, Tony," Dr. Phil asks.


"I'm doing wonderful," Tony replies, wiping tears.


When Dr. Phil wonders if Tony is worried about his cancer, Tony says, "I was worried about it at first. My grandmother has helped me, Joyce has helped me, my family has, and I'm not worried anymore. I'm going to beat it."


He tells Dr. Phil that Key 1: Right Thinking and Key 7: Circle of Supporthave helped him. "It's not just about weight," Tony says. "It's about life and it has made an unbelievable difference. My positive attitude is way up and nothing's going to get me."

"What's the prognosis?" Dr. Phil asks.

Tony tells him it's about 90 percent that he'll beat it, and Dr. Phil says, "So they say that if you stay focused, you can take care of this." He points out that it was hard for Tony to initially get the diagnosis because his girth prevented him from fitting in the MRI machine. "Even in the face of all of that, you have continued to focus on getting your weight under control and getting yourself in shape. Why have you stayed focused on the weight when you've had to deal with [cancer] as well?"

"I think the weight might have played a key role in me getting to where I was, so to cure the cancer and be sitting back at 480, 500 pounds, that's not making progress to me," Tony answers. Getting emotional he says, "It's my only option if I want to continue seeing my girls grow."

"Those little girls are a big motivation to you, aren't they?" Dr. Phil says. "So you plan to see them grow up, and have a dad that's there, and active and healthy and involved?"

Dr. Phil tells Tony that he is proud of him, and says he feels strongly that Tony will beat his cancer.